Haldons Ltd., a multi-discipline firm with two offices in Devon, handed-over a new purpose built, three-storey Doctors Surgery in Milehouse, Plymouth with a construction value of c. 1.4m.
The new St Neots Surgery, which opened to the public in mid-June, was provided by developer Bay Hill Investments Ltd supported by Lincoln Chartered Surveyor Banks Long & Co. who have expertise in handling medical sector projects. Banks Long & Co acted as development consultant for Bayhill, using its wealth of experience to deliver the 826 sq. metres, purpose-built, state-of-the-art surgery, which meets the NHS’ latest clinical guidelines.
St Neots Surgery which comprises a three-storey building next to a Tesco Express store, enjoys a landmark position within a new development. The new building provides a striking presence on the junction between Wolseley Road roundabout and North Prospect Road, with use of proprietary vertical wall cladding and ‘braise solei’ sun louvers.Internally the property contains a reception area, two patient waiting areas, ten GP consulting rooms, two nurse treatment rooms, three healthcare assistant rooms, clinical notes store and ancillary areas, that includes wheelchair accessible toilets and corridors. In addition to being fully accessible to disabled staff and patients the new surgery also boosts its environmental credentials with a high level of insulation, double glazed doors and windows and photo-voltaic panels at roof level that will produce electricity for use during surgery hours.
Haldons provide a wide range of professional services in many sectors across the South West region and throughout the UK as a whole. Mark Coton Director of Haldons, provided the initial support during early negotiations with Principal Surveyor, David Pollock, providing the monitoring of the construction phase and project management during the 44 week construction programme.
David Pollock, Principal Surveyor – Haldons Ltd said: “I acted on behalf of St Neots surgery; the building’s tenant and future occupier.We provided a bespoke ‘monitoring surveyor’ role that safeguarded the surgery’s position during early developer negotiations and project progression through to successful completion – in effect ensuring a building fit for the surgery’s purpose. Haldons also provided project management support to the surgery for tenant’s works and compliance arrangements, ensuring safe occupation.”
The local consultants’ team was made-up of Design & Build contractor Dawnus Construction Holdings Limited, Exeter Office, and Plymouth-based practices, Mitchell Architects and Ward Williams Associates.
Richard Skinner, Site Manager of Dawnus Construction said: “The original site had a garage and the hand-over was the completion of the remaining phase.It was quite a complex project as it was a corner site and logistically challenging.As an experienced Design and Build Contractor, we have extensive experience in this type of work and it was a very successful conclusion. We are very pleased to be part of this worthy project and wish the Doctors well with the new surgery.”
Mitchell Architects have worked closely with the partners of St Neots Surgery in designing the new facility on the existing Cardinal Garage site in Plymouth. Time was spent understanding the operational management of the surgery to ensure the floor plans created a functional, practical facility for both staff and patients alike.
Daylight and ventilation were maximised within the design to provide a light and airy facility, while brise soleil have been utilised to minimise overheating on the Southern elevation.
Lucy Jenkin Managing Director Mitchell Architects adds: “We worked closely with the partners guiding them through the process to obtain planning permission before working with the Main Contractor during the building process.We are proud to have been part of the team designing the new St Neots Surgery and have enjoyed working collaboratively to achieve this much needed facility”
Ward Williams Associates working on behalf of Bay Hill Investments, provided Quantity Surveying, Employers Agent and CDM Coordinator services on the new build GP Surgery. Project Lead, Steve Parker said “We are delighted to have been involved in this project, which has delivered purpose built facilities to assist staff in delivering high quality healthcare to the community in Milehouse and North Prospect”.
Dr Ben Tutty, lead GP and partner of St. Neots Surgery comments: “The Doctors have moved from Wolseley Road, just a stone’s throw away from the new site.We are extremely happy with the new purpose-built surgery and its opening marks a new chapter, which we hope will allow us to improve clinical services to our patients and the public. The build proved very successful and was a real team effort provided by Bayhill Investments Ltd, Banks Long, Mitchell Architects and main contractor Dawnus Construction Holdings.We were also very pleased with Haldons Ltd., as our advisors who provided an excellent service that exceeded our expectations”.